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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

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Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

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Another Year Older, But None The Wiser

Shivangi Parikh

My First Birthday. With Mom and Dad

Yes, it is my birthday today. I turn 37, classified by many as 'late thirties'. But guess what, I have needed my parents today more than any other birthday in the past. Not for their presents anymore, but simply their presence. 

You would think that if I got as old as I am today, I would be dancing with joy. I lived yet another year, making new memories, friends, experiences and of course, mistakes! And came out quite alright on the other end. Don't get me wrong..I am very grateful for all of the above! But I was not feeling my usual happy self this morning. I think it is because I thought I would have accomplished a bunch of things from my list of life goals. As most things in life, very few of those items are checked off, and many of those may never get done. 

I was wallowing in my morbid thoughts, when I turned on my phone to see a flood of wishes from friends far and near. Thank you to each of you for being so thoughtful..that did cheer me up a bit! Then having my 5-year old sing his version of 'Happy Birthday to you, Cha Cha Cha,' and seeing a silly insurance form completed by my dear hubby, which i was supposed to finish today, made me happier. Yes, you cannot believe how 'real' your expectations become as you get older!

But I was still unhappy about my List. That's when I started missing my Dad.

My First Birthday. With Papa.

He would always have the best list of wishes for us. He was known as a man of few words, but on our birthdays, he had the most number of things to say and write in our cards. A lot of it would be listing our achievements in the past year, and then wishing us on our next steps. He would have known what to say to make this big hole in my heart slip away. I sometimes wish I had recorded those phone calls or messages, just to hear his voice.

And then my Mom called. She was more happy about my birthday than I was, and I admire her strong will power. After letting me rant and whine about everything, she calmly said, "Well today is your birthday, so be thankful about what you have accomplished and stop crying about the have-nots. There is so much to be thankful for in life, your health, your family, your friends, your community. Go out and have fun, and leave your worrying for tomorrow." This coming from a lady who has had to deal with such a big loss in life in the past 6 months. I admire her for her courage and will to move on, and yet find words to comfort my pain.

My First Birthday. With mom

Be Thankful for what you have - Such a simple, yet powerful message, that we often fail to acknowledge ourselves. We always need a sounding board for our fears and sorrows, and most likely its our parents. Heck, I am a mom myself and I still needed to hear it from my mother. Again, there is nothing new in this piece of wisdom, but its often forgotten. 

So thank you for being such a valuable part of my life, Mom and Dad. Thank you to my loving husband and son, to all my family and friends who stand by me no matter what. I will pick myself up and go celebrate for the life I have, for the List I accomplished even without asking for it!

Leaving you with a quick snapshot of my son's birthday card for me. Coincidentally, its a picture of a butterfly coming out of its cocoon..so what if its on a Christmas card!

Have a great weekend :)


Shivangi Parikh

Ready for 2014

Shivangi Parikh

Hello World and Happy 2014!

After spending a few days in sunny California with our close friends, I feel rejuvenated and ready to start the new year. But unlike the tradition of writing down a long list of to-dos, I figured I would start the year by acknowledging all the things that I am thankful for. One of the first things that comes to mind is friendship. Blame it on our recent trip, but being surrounded by all our dear, old friends, reminded me of how much our  friendships and relationships define our life. And how thankful I am to have these friends.

We moved out of California more than 2 years ago and this was our first visit back. In the meantime, we lived in New Jersey for 2 years and are based in Nashville now. While it has been great to live in other parts of the country and sample different lifestyles, none of that would have much meaning without the company of special folks to share it with. While family is the most important unit of life, having friends really makes a difference. We made some really good friends in New Jersey, too, and I definitely feel that that helped us navigate a new place, and that terrible Northeast winter! I am sure we will forge new friendships in Nashville with time. The people here are especially warm and friendly, and I have not felt out of place at all. 

So as we begin another year, lets take some time to be thankful for the friends in our lives for bringing more meaning to it. Whether its my close pals in India, California, New Jersey, and those among other parts of the world, I am truly grateful for each and everyone, and the precious moments we have shared. You have all helped mould me into the person I am today, and continue to set an example for my son, who is forging close ties of his own in life.

Thank you for being there.

Shivangi Parikh